Residents Of Jonglei Frustrated By Continuous Increase Of Food Prices

Residents of Jonglei are feeling the pinch of the high cost of living that has persisted for years since the outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan in 2013.

Residents Of Jonglei Frustrated By Continuous Increase Of Food Prices
An internally displaced boy in Duk County, Jonglei State [Photo by Juuk Mading]

By Juuk Othana Mading

BOR 16 August 2016 [Gurtong] –Food and non-food commodities have skyrocketed with the major contributing factor being the high exchange rate of the US dollars against the South Sudanese pounds. Elizabeth Atem, a resident of Bor town told Gurtong on Monday that it has become unbearable as the prices keep increasing.

“I totally don’t know where this country is heading to. Now in the market if you attempt to buy some types of food especially the foreign goods has become a problem to us unemployed”, she said “I am trying to sustain my family by spending the little money I have wisely but it is still difficult”, Elizabeth added. Mary Agok, another resident of Bor town also shared the same sentiments with Elizabeth.

“Now I don’t buy meat, maize flour, sugar and other foreign goods and to get some services in the market since the South Sudanese Pounds has weakened against the dollars in the country”, Agok stressed. She further added that her family is now surviving on the available local foods in the State. “My children only feed on greens, local milk, fish and other local produces within Jonglei State,” she said.

A bag of maize flour cost 3600 SSP, a sack of sorghum cost 2500 SSP, a sack of rice goes for 3000 SSP same as a sac for sugar. A kilogram of meat cost 80 SSP while a kilo of fish cost 50 SSP in Marol market of Bor town. A cup of milk tea cost 20 SSP, plain black tea cost 10 SS. A caup of hibiscus tea ost 8 SSP respectively.Some business men say that the bad state of road from Juba to Bor has also contributed in in the increase of prices. Since the rainy season begun in July, most business trucks have been stranded on the road after the area experienced flooding.

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